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Google Launches Hangouts Chat

VentureBeat | After nearly a year in beta, Google is rolling out its Slack-competing Hangouts Chat platform for all G Suite users. Hangouts Chat features threaded conversations, search, and bots that help automate tasks, while virtual chat spaces can be used for specific teams or projects. More G Suite news: Over the next few months, Google said that Calendar will be updated to use artificial intelligence (AI) and suggest available rooms and spaces for you to reserve in your workplace. It also announced that it’s expanding its Google Drive “Quick Access” feature to Docs.


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Luckily we have really good people who are looking at the invoices very closely before they are paid out. (Thank you, Teri Fletcher)
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Most times we just expect it all to work, right?

You open up your laptop and go to Google and you're in!

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There is a reason to be concerned.  If you connect to a strange network without knowing, there is potential for compromising confidential information.

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